|Short Name:||Phoebe Cary|
|Full Name:||Cary, Phoebe, 1824-1871|
Phoebe Cary, (1824-1871) was born and raised in Mount Healthy in Hamilton County, Ohio. Her family came from Lyme, New Hampshire to Ohio when her grandfather was given land in return for his service in the Continental Army. She was the younger sister of Alice Cary (1820-1871). She and Alice submitted poetry to religious periodicals. Phoebe remained in Ohio and continued to write many hymns, including, "One sweetly solemn thought."
Mary Louise VanDyke
Cary, Phoebe, sister of Alice Cary, born near Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1824, and died within six months of the death of the same sister at Newport, July 31, 1871. Her works include Poems and Parodies, 1854; and Poems of Faith, Hope and Love, 1868. With Dr. Charles F. Deems she compiled Hymns for all Christians, 1869. Her hymns are:—
1. One sweetly solemn thought. Anticipation of Heaven. This piece was not intended for public use, nor is it a suitable metre for musical treatment, yet it has won universal acceptance and popularity. In some instances this has been attained by change of metre as in the Supplement to the Baptist Psalms & Hymns 1880, No. 1185. Johnson's Encyclopedia is in error in saying it was "written at the age of 17." The Congregational Quarterly for Oct., 1874, says, "it was written, she tells us, in the little back third story bedroom, one Sabbath morning in 1852, on her return from church." This statement shows that it was composed when she was 28, and not 17. The popularity of the hymn in Great Britain arose mainly through its use in the Evangelistic services of Messrs. Moody and Sankey. In the Protestant Episcopal Hymns for Church and Home, Phila., 1860, No. 383, it is given as "A sweetly solemn thought."
The following additional pieces by this author are in the Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868:—
2. Go and sow beside all waters. Seed Sowing.
3. Great waves of plenty rolling up. Gratitude.
4. I had drunk, with lips unsated. Living Waters.
[Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Phoebe Cary (27)||As||Authority Languages||Instances|
|A crown of glory bright||Phoebe Cary (Author)||English||3|
|Along the mountain track of life||Miss Phoebe Cary, 1825-1871 (Author)||1|
|Away in the dim and distant past||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Bringing pleasant hopes and visions||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Christian, are you up and doing||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Dulce y precioso me es||Phoebe Cary (Author)||Spanish||2|
|En Alvorstanke blib||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Faithless, perverse, and blind||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Go and sow beside all waters in the morning of thy youth||Phoebe Cary (Author)||12|
|Great waves of plenty rolling up||Phoebe Cary (Author)||3|
|Hark, my soul! it is the Lord!||Phoebe Cary (Author)||English||1|
|Hur ljufligt mangen gang||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|I ask not wealth, but power to take||Phoebe Cary (Author)||8|
|I had drunk, with lips unsated||Phoebe Cary (Author)||3|
|I have been out today in field and wood||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|I hold that Christian grace abounds||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|I thought to find some healing clime||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|If you're told to do a thing||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Like a child that is lost||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|O mine eyes, be not so tearful||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|O years gone down into the past||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Once a trap was baited||Phoebe Cary (Author)||4|
|One sweetly solemn thought||Phoebe Cary (Author)||English||545|
|Our old, brown homestead reared its walls||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Suppose, my little lady||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|Think on him, Lord, we ask thy aid||Phoebe Cary (Author)||2|
|With sunshine always on his face||Phoebe Carey (Author)||2|